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 John Haarby Anderson

John Haarby Anderson

Birth
Norway
Death 21 Jul 1920 (aged 70)
Park City, Summit County, Utah, USA
Burial Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
Plot A_117_4_6
Memorial ID 140581 · View Source
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John Haarby Anderson was born Carl Johan Andreassen in Stokkebro, Idd, Ostfold, Norway on 16 October, 1849. His biological parents, Andreas Svendsen and Adriane Johannsdatter, were working on the farm of Stokkebro. His father, Andreas was born in Kville, Sweden. The birthplace of his mother, Adriane, is not confirmed.

Carl Johan Andreassen was christened and confirmed in the Parish of Idd, county of Ostfold, Norway. Carl Johan was raised by foster parents, Neils Schaug Haarby and his wife, Andrea Larsen Arnesen. It is not known at what age, Carl Johan was taken into the Haarby home. He was confirmed in the parish of Idd in 1864. He was living in the Haarby home in Halden or Fredrickshald on the 1865 census.

The daughter of Niels and Andrea Haarby, Elise Rosalia Scheel was 12 years old when Carl Johan was born and later came to live with them. A few years later, that daughter, Elise joined the LDS Church and was married to C.C.A. Christensen whom she met when he was serving a mission in Norway. Elise and C.C.A. Christensen were married and returned to America in 1857. Eleven years later,(1868)after serving a 2nd mission in Norway, C.C.A. Christensen returned home with his wife's parents, Andrea and Niels Haarby and their foster son, Carl Johan Andreasen. There is a well-known painting by C.C.A. Christensen showing their homecoming at the train station in Salt Lake City. The painting depicts, Elise greeting her husband and her parents that she had not seen since leaving Norway. In the background are two young boys who are likely Carl Johan Andreassen and his new friend from the ship, Antone Halseth. Carl Johan was 18 years old when he came to the United States. He had learned the craft of rope and cable making and used this craft in his occupation working in the mines when he settled in Utah with his foster parents.

They settled in Sanpete county in the town of Mt. Pleasant near their daughter Elise and her family, who lived in Ephraim. Eventually Carl began using his middle name of Johan or John and his foster parent's name as his middle name; John Haarby Anderson. John began working in the mines around Utah, mostly at Ophir and eventually Park City. John was a tall, thin man with red hair. Ten years later, he married Josephine Halseth, the sister of his shipmate friend, Antone Halseth.

Two little boys, Charles John and Antone Jerome were born to them, died young and are buried in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Three more children; George, Lina Pearl, and Cyrus were born in Mt. Pleasant. In about 1890, they moved to Park City, Utah, built a small home at the top of "Swede Alley" and John worked as a cable and rope man in the Park City mines. They had two more children, Archie, born in 1892, died in 1897. Lafayette Franklin was born in 1898. Their only daughter, Lina Pearl, died in 1904, leaving the family with only their three sons, George, Cyrus, and Lafe. Lena Pearl and Archie were both taken to Mt. Pleasant for burial.
Park City became their home with John working in the mines until his death in 1920. Josephine died in 1935. Both are buried in the Mt. Pleasant cemetery with four of their children.



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  • Maintained by: Catherine
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 140581
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Haarby Anderson (16 Oct 1849–21 Jul 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 140581, citing Mount Pleasant City Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Catherine (contributor 46599370) .